The third HPCAC-ISC Student Cluster Competition, featured at ISC’14, is an opportunity to showcase student expertise in a friendly yet spirited competition. The competition will start tomorrow, and will feature small teams that compete to demonstrate the incredible capabilities of state-of- the-art high-performance cluster hardware and software. In a real-time challenge, eleven teams of six undergraduate and/or high school students from around the world will build a small cluster of their own design on the ISC exhibit floor and race to demonstrate the greatest performance across a series of benchmarks and applications.
We had the first HPC Advisory Council conference in Brazil. Held together with the Sao Paulo University. We hosted around 70 HPC professionals and 50 students from the University.
The conference was sponsored by Inspur, NVIDIA, SGI, Supermicro and Newwald. InsideHPC covered the event and videos can be found on www.insidehpc.com. The presentations from the conference can be found on http://www.hpcadvisorycouncil.com/events/2014/brazil-workshop/agenda.php
For me it was my first visit in Brazil. Probably would be better to do it one month after (the world cup….) but still, was happy to be there. Great people, great food and increase usage of HPC for many applications.
I want to thank Alexandre Ramos from the University of Sao Paulo that helped us with organizing the conference.
Thanks for Addison Snell, new market report, courtesy of Intersect360 Research, was published today on the Market Update section under Published Work tab. Direct link is http://www.hpcadvisorycouncil.com/market_data.php. The report provides information on the 2012 HPC Market state and future forecast.
HPCmusic is an advanced research project about High Performance Computing and Music Production dedicated to enable HPC in music creation. It’s goal is to develop HPC cluster solutions that further enable the future of music production.
During the last 10 years, with the advancement of HPC, it gradually became possible to create a cluster that can facilitate the musical size of a full orchestra and let the composers change the ‘notes’ and the ‘feel’ of the music in real time. No other technological solution ever managed to achieve this.
We now have the chance to set the standards on how a cluster should work in order to serve composers on creating music inside a dedicated virtual environment. The goal is to provide the composer the ability to incorporate all the qualities of a symphonic orchestra, the improvisation of a jazz band and repeatability and consistency of a hybrid analog/digital system.
Antonis Karalis research to date clearly indicates that HPC projects are the only way to move music forward. With low latency systems that become transparent to the composer we increase the potential of new musical ideas.
You can read more by looking at the HPCmusic subgroup under the council subgroups section.
Below Antonis Karalis working on a cluster at the HPC Advisory Council cluster center.
Gilad, HPC Advisory Council Chairman.
The main aim of the 2nd GraphLab workshop is to bring together researchers from academia, as well as data scientists from industry with the special focus of large scale machine learning on sparse graphs. We have secured talks and demos about the hottest graph processing systems out there: GraphLab (CMU/UW), Pregel (Google), Giraph (Facebook) , Cassovary (Twitter), Naiad (Microsoft Research), GraphBuilder (Intel Labs), Grappa (UW), Combinatorial BLAS (LBNL/UCSB), Allegro Graph (Franz) ,Neo4j (Neo Technology), Titan (Aurelius), DEX (Sparsity Technologies), YarcData and others!
The workshop will take place on Monday July 1st at the Nikko Hotel SF. Workshop website:
Dr. Danny Bickson
Carnegie Mellon University
The 2nd GraphLab workshop (http://graphlab.org/graphlab-workshop-2013/) brings together researchers from industry and academia to discuss challenges of applied large scale machine learning, with the focus of sparse graph algorithms. It is a single track one day event to be held on Monday July 1st in San Francisco.
We are going to have talks and demonstrations of the hottest graph computation frameworks:
GraphLab (UW + CMU), Giraph (Facebook), Pregel (Google), Cassovary (Twitter),
Computational BLAS (LNL) and others.
HPC Advisory Council members can receive 15% discount – please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
Dr. Danny Bickson
Carnegie Mellon University
An overdue post…. Mid-March we had the 4th HPC Advisory Council Swiss conference, hosted together with the Swiss supercomputer center. 120 Attendees participated in the conference and we would like to thank them and to thank the presenters and the sponsors. The presentations can be view at
Special thanks to Hussein Harake for all his effort and dedication!
Our next conference will be in June as part of ISC’13.
Last week we had our first Spain conference, organized together with the Barcelona Supercomputing Center. The conference held in the Malaga University, Malaga. Malaga is a great place to visit in the summer if you like good food and enjoy the sea. And of course, if there is a HPC conference nearby….
70 attendees joined us for a full day of interesting presentations from great speakers. You can find all of the presentations at http://www.hpcadvisorycouncil.com/events/2012/Spain-Workshop/agenda.php. InsideHPC covered the day and you can find some videos on www.insideHPC.com.
I want to thank all of our sponsors – AMD, Dell, HP, Mellanox, Panasas and Boston. Without them we could not have the event.
Our next conference is in China – October 28th!
At ISC’12 the HPC Advisory Council managed the first ISC-HPCAC Student Cluster Competition. Five universities competed on achieving the best applications performance under a tight power budget of 3000 Watt – Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (Germany), The University of Colorado (USA), Stony Brook University (USA), Tsinghua University (China) and the National University of Defense Technology (China).
The competition was covered by InsideHPC (www.insidehpc.com), Gabriel Consulting Group (http://gabrielconsultinggroup.com/gcg-news-and-views.html) and The Register (http://www.theregister.co.uk/hardware/hpc_blog/). The competition was also covered by several Chinese media channels, including CCTV (morning news coverage on CCTV was broadcasted on 6/21 http://news.cntv.cn/world/20120621/105144.shtml).
Here are the competition results:
The first set of awards was given as a recognition for specific achievements that the teams have demonstrated throughout the three days of the competition:
- KIT (Germany): the highest Linpack result on x86 based cluster
- StonyBrook University (USA): for impressive troubleshooting and overcoming hardware and software challenges
- Tsinghua University (China): for understanding the impact of weak and strong scaling on application performance
- Colorado University (USA): for being first to run all applications, including the secret ones
- National Defense of Defense Technology (China): for building the highest core count system in a hybrid architecture.
The three major awards:
- The award for the highest Linpack score of 2.65 Teraflops was presented to the National University of Defense Technology, China.
- The award for the “Overall Winner” which achieved the highest aggregate points total for all the benchmarks included in the competition was presented to Tsinghua University, China
- The “Fan Favorite” award for the team that got the most number of unique votes from ISC participants during the competition was presented to KIT, Germany
On June 17th we held the HPC Advisory 2012 European Conference in Hamburg Germany, the day before ISC’12. Around 100 attendees participated in the workshop. We would to thank AMD, DataDirect Networks, Mellanox, Xyratex, Intel, Transtec, 451 Research, HPC Wire, InsideHPC and Scientific Computing World for sponsoring and covering the conference. We would like also to thank the presenter for their interesting presentations. One can find all of the presentation on the conference web page – http://www.hpcadvisorycouncil.com/events/2012/European-Workshop/agenda.php.